Triumphs Show 102: communicating historical difference to children with literacy problems

Teaching History feature

By Stephen Lawlor, published 1st February 2001

With the summer break stretching forth its welcome hand and the final lesson with my lowband Year 7 class looming, I wanted to ensure that the enthusiasm and dedication that this class had shown throughout the year was kept alive over the holiday period. We had been studying the Norman castle-builders, with the class physically demonstrating their commitment by building model castles during a two-week project homework. In our final lesson I wanted to use these models. I decided to focus on the notion of historical difference – Norman building sites and building sites today. But how to communicate the concept of historical difference in an accessible, yet powerful way to children with literacy problems?

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